France will have difficulty choosing a striker on their team sheets during the 2014 World Cup, with Loic Remy placing himself as one of the top choices after a stellar season with Premier League side Newcastle United in 2013/14. The Frenchman hit the target in eight of his first 10 league games with the Magpies, and his finishing qualities make him a certain betting tip to profit from in individual goalscorer markets, placed in a group France should dominate.
Remy began his youth career playing for local outfit ASPTT Lyon, soon spotted by Olympique Lyonnais scouts in 1999 to join the club's youth academy. A three-year contract in 2006 was eventually signed, Remy making his senior Lyon debut swiftly afterwards and making 12 first team showings until 2008.
Remy was therefore part of the side that notched up Ligue 1 titles in 2006/07 and 2007/08 before a loan to Lens saw him make 12 appearances and score four goals, a move to Nice in June 2008 then setting up 74 games until 2010, during which he bagged 28 goals.
A move swiftly turned him to Marseille - a team he had previously scored a game-winning goal against when at Lens. Remy scored his first goal for the club on in a 1–0 league victory over Nancy, also netting during the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.
A successful debut season saw him score 17 goals in 41 appearances as he helped the side towards both the Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée Des Champions in 2010–11, scoring 20 the following season. Remy then joined Queens Park Rangers for £8 million and scored six goals in 14 showings, not enough in 2013 to avoid relegation.
After turning aside a deal that January with Newcastle United, Remy was finally snapped up by the north east club on a year-long loan for the following season, missing the opening pair of games before making an immediate impact on Tyneside. He scored his first Newcastle goals against Hull City, scoring eight times in 10 league showings which soon extended to 14 by the conclusion of the season in just 27 appearances.
Remy's international career spans a total of 23 games since his March 2008 debut, after an injury to Thierry Henry paved an opening for a substitute debut against Mali. Remy only appeared in five 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but recently scored in a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Loic Remy World Cup betting tips
Remy's deadly form at Newcastle and previously at Marseille make him a potential first choice for France's World Cup 2014 campaign, although he could be used more as a late substitute to finish the task at hand with his energy and finishing quality. Picking the striker as last or anytime goalscorer would be the best player betting tip for Remy, who could certainly pay off his odds in a Group E France should really be topping comfortably.